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Seven WSP Experts Share Future-Ready Thinking in OPPI Journal


Readers of the latest issue of the Ontario Planning Journal will learn a lot about what’s going on at WSP. That’s because this highly respected professional publication features four articles authored by seven WSP planning, transportation, urban mobility and infrastructure leaders. The stories provide a window into the innovative and often “disruptive” changes that WSP is leading across Canada, and illuminate the multiple roles we play, in collaboration with our clients and other stakeholders, in imagining what the future could look like and devising strategies for adaptation.

Here’s a quick look at what WSP’s experts shared:


Kitty Chiu

Alternative Future Scenarios for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)

Kitty Chiu and Cian O’Neill-Kizoff, two transportation trailblazers in WSP’s Urban Mobility team co-authored this summary of our scenario planning for Metrolinx that has informed the new Draft GTHA Regional Transportation Plan that was released on August 11th.  Led by WSP’s Daniel Haufschild, Vice President, Urban Mobility, the Alternative Future Scenarios report poses big questions – about the impact of autonomous vehicles and augmented reality, potential population growth and immigration flow, climate-change induced immigration and damage to infrastructure, and costs and user pay options for public resources.  To amplify these questions, the article outlines six carefully crafted future scenarios that were used to test the resiliency of regional policy and investment decisions. 


Will Towns

Climate Change and Transportation Infrastructure

An acknowledged expert in all things climate-change and transportation related, Will Towns, BAH, MES, works as a transportation planner in WSP’s Kitchener office, and recently authored the Ontario, Urban, Prairies, and Atlantic chapters of “Climate Risks and Adaptation Practices for the Canadian Transportation Sector 2016.” His article examines astute adaptive strategies being applied by the transportation sector to cope with higher than average and more extreme temperatures and precipitation events. From heat-resistant pavement mixtures, increased rail-distressing temperatures, to traction for airport runways and more strategic timing for freight movement on Ontario’s navigable waterways, the solutions are vital responses to a growing and diverse set of challenges.


Michi McCloskey and Sabrina Coletti


Planners as Field Ambassadors

Michi McClosky, a WSP planner focused on community engagement and collaborative design, and Sabrina Coletti, RPP, senior project manager and planning supervisor at WSP, are together advancing the City of Toronto’s Watermain Rehabilitation Program, a $300 million, multi-year effort to rehabilitate the city’s aging watermains. Along the way, their forward-thinking approach has led to the formalization of the unique new role, called “field ambassador”. In addition, they are leveraging WSP-developed proprietary technology in the form of a web-based Communication Management Dashboard. It’s a real-time, value-adding digital tool that is creating a more thoughtful, engaged, and higher quality construction practice.


Sarah Krapez

Re-defining Off-Street Parking

Sonya Terek, B.U.R.PL. and Sarah Krapez, B.E.S., are both transportation planners with WSP – and involved in re-defining the rules for off-street parking to better accommodate sustainable modes of transportation, including electric vehicles (EVs), car-share vehicles, car-pool vehicles, and bicycles. Preparing for the next level of emerging technologies is also a big part of their mission, as the advent of smart parking, mobile payments, demand responsive parking, peer-to-peer parking apps and autonomous vehicle parking are just around the corner. Their work has also informed the draft regional transportation plan.

Check out the full-length version of each of these articles in OPPI’s September/October edition by clicking herePDF